This is a sample letter of support from a State Trails Program Administrator. Letters in support of trails nominated for National Recreation Trail status help make the case for designation. A letter from the appropriate State Trails Program is strongly encouraged, as well as letters from trail support groups, community groups, and elected officials.
February 27, 2002
National Recreation Trail Program Coordinator
National Park Service
Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program
1849 C Street, NW, (Org Code 2235)
Washington DC 20240
Dear Ladies and Gentlemen:
On behalf of the Colorado State Trails Program I would like to express our support for designation of the Poudre River Trail as a National Recreation Trail. The Cities of Windsor, Greeley, Weld and Larimer Counties, and many other partners have joined forces with the Poudre River Trail Corridor, Inc., to create one of Colorado's finest greenways.
The Poudre River Trail is a good candidate for designation as a National Recreation Trail. It incorporates many important features and is a great model for trail planning and development:
- working with corporate interests to support trails
- securing donations and easements from businesses and developers
- planning inter-city linkages for bicyclists
- promoting the importance of volunteers in urban trails
- generating tremendous community support
- promoting cooperation among agencies and jurisdictions
- finding opportunities for education about wildlife and the environment
We have provided funding for this trail corridor for several years as it has been among the top-scoring projects in our annual grants competition. Thank you for your consideration of the Poudre River Trail for NRT designation. We will look forward to publicizing the trail and its designation this year.
Stuart H. Macdonald
Recreational Trails Program Manager
The NRT Program is hosted on the Web by American Trails: http://www.AmericanTrails.org